- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - A California certified public accountant has admitted stealing more than $4 million from a religious center in northern New Jersey.

Federal prosecutors say 51-year-old Donald Gridiron pleaded guilty Tuesday to wire fraud and filing a false tax return. The Pomona resident faces up to 23 years in prison when he’s sentenced Dec. 14.

Prosecutors say Gridiron used his job with the worship center in Rahway and his status with a California nonprofit to illegally syphon money without their consent. They say he transferred more than $4 million overall to accounts he controlled.

He used the funds for personal expenses, including mortgage payments, luxury car payments and gambling expenses.

Gridiron also failed to report this income on his tax returns, including $950,000 he stole during the 2011 tax year.

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